Good morning: Perhaps you’ve heard the advice that there are two things you should never bring up in conversation: religion and politics. The reason is that both can elicit strong disagreement from the person with whom you are speaking. Still, how many people actually follow that advice? Do you? Even when you know your comments…

Good morning: Last week we celebrated Easter. We heard the angels’ words to the women: “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He has risen!” But now what? What are we going to do with Easter? Some quickly forget it. It never enters their mind until Easter comes again the following year….

Good morning: If you have ever worked the night shift or tossed and turned for hours unable to sleep because of worry, you know how endless the hours of darkness can seem. Everyone else is asleep and unaware of what you’re going through. What keeps you going? It’s the anticipation and certainty that the night…

Good morning: One problem which has received a great deal of attention lately is the divisiveness which can be seen everywhere from Congress to next door neighbors. “Why can’t we just get along?” people ask. Why does there have to be so much bickering, disagreement, and even violence among those who don’t see things the…

Good morning: It’s been almost ten years since an elderly Spanish woman made international headlines, but not in a good way. Though well-intentioned, she ended up ruining a 19th century painting of Christ wearing a crown of thorns. She noticed some fading and flaking paint and decided that she could fix the painting. Her unskilled…

Good morning: Will what you do today matter? Will it make a difference in the world? It might not seem that way. What will Saturday house cleaning matter? A load of laundry washed won’t help the neighborhood. Overtime at work won’t even be a tiny blip on the radar of the nation’s economy. So why…

Good morning, Imagine being confined to an apartment no bigger than some bedrooms, not just for a day or two or even a week, but for months on end. Meals are left outside your door, and while you can talk to loved ones over the phone, there is no physical contact with anyone. It has…

Good morning, “It’s not just for breakfast anymore!” This was a popular slogan promoted by the Florida Orange Growers Association. The message is clear. You’re missing out if you just think of orange juice as something to wash down your Cheerios at breakfast. It’s a refreshing, nutritious beverage anytime of day or night. What about…

Good morning: Sometimes it takes “fresh eyes” to really see and appreciate something. A few days ago one of our younger grade school students asked me, “Is there going to be some more winter?” It was Groundhog Day and while she liked winter, she apparently worried that it was nearly over. I assured her that…

Good morning: Did you have one of those arguments yesterday in which you were determined to prove you were right. Maybe it was over something embarrassingly trivial, like what year did the Beatles break up as a band? It doesn’t make any real difference in anything, and yet you were going to get the satisfaction…

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